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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, January 8, 1978-Page 9


Tall, to
Ideally, a conference schedule
should start out slow and build
toward the tough games. But then,
ideally Phil Hubbard would not have
injured his knee, and ideally Mychal
Thompson would not have been
suspended by the NCAA for the first
six games of Minnesota's cage sched-
ule. 'President Carter has said that
life is not always fair. I am sure
Michigan coach Johnny Orr and
Minnesota mentor Jim Dutcher
would agree;
This afternoon beginning at 2:05
these two mens' teams will battle it
out in Crisler Arena in an important
conference clash before a packed
house and numerous other television
On paper the game doesn't seem to
warrant the attention of an NBC
regional telecast. Minnesota's 4-5
record does not compare with the
records of many other Big Ten teams
thus far this season. And Michigan's
5-3 mark, while acceptable, isn't that
BUT THE GAME isn't going to be
played on paper, and the Minnesota
quintet that will take the floor this
afternoon isn't the same team that
met four early season defeats.
The big difference, of course, is the
addition of Mychal Thompson and
Dave Winey to the Gopher line-up.
These twoxwere suspended by the
NCAA last year for most of the non-
conference schedule. While they
were out the Gophers dropped four
Thompson poses the biggest prob-
lem for the Wolverines. The 6-10
Bahamian occupies the pivot for the
Gophers, and his presence is always
"Mychal is probably the -best
player in America," said Wolverine
assistant coach Bill Frieder. "He is a
very tough ball player."
THOMPSON HAS played in only
three games since coming off suspen-
sion, leading the Gophers to two

victories in the Pillsbury Classic m
Tournament before losing to Michi- g<
gan State Thursday night. In that of
game he collected 27 points hauled
down 13 rebounds and blocked five K
shots. 6-
But one must wonder whether T
Thompson is in top form even though li
he has practiced with the team all n.
along. in
"I guess he's not the same," said ly
Dutcher. "The mental preparation is
different. Practicing and not playing

akes it hard on a kid. e had a fine
ame against State but he did miss
ir last three shots."
Flanking Thompson are forwards
evin McHale and Winey. At 6-11 and
10 respectively, these two and
'hompson comprise the tallest front
ne in the conference - if not the
ation. And when Minnesota gets set
its zone defense this line essential-
eliminates the inside shot.
O D D L Y ENOUGH, however,


threaten cagers

Dutcher doesn't consider this great
height as much an asset as one might
"It's great for public relations to
say we've got those three big guys,
but we probably aren't as effective
with them in. It is nice to have that
group if you're ahead because you
can force the outside shot. But if
you're behind you aren't going to
score the quick points with them in."
Nevertheless, Michigan's relative-
ly small front line of Joel Thompson,
Alan Hardy and Mike McGee (6-8,
6-6, and 6-4, respectively) will un-
doubtedly find the trio troublesome.
At the guards Minnesota is similar-
ly endowed with talent. At the point
guard is All-Big Ten guard, Osborn
Lockhart. The 6-2 senior is one of the
best shooting guards in the country
and this afternoon's match-up with
Wolverine guard Dave Baxter should
prove to be interesting.
15 points per game last year and this
year assumes the leadership role on
the team.
At the other guard Dutcher will
start junior Bill Harmon, a Motown
product. A transfer from Oakland
Community College, Harmon aver-
age over 20 points per game on his
way to second team All-America
honors for junior colleges.
However, while Minnesota has all
the talent a coach could ask for it
faces one important disadvantage
this afternoon. That is, it's the
visiting team.
"I said last week that there is a
good chance visiting teams will be
0-10 at the end of this week," Dutcher
said. "And I thought we were the
only visiting team that had a chance
to win.
"ROAD WINS against contenders
are vital," he continued. "That's
rn what made the loss to State so tough.
e We were in it, and we lost it."
r But the home team advantage
s doesn't make this game much easier


Dave Baxter (6-3)......
Tom Staton (6-3)......
Joel Thompson (6-8)......
Alan Hardy (6-6).........
Mike McGee (6-5)......

.... G ........ (6-2) Osborne Lockhart
..... G ............. (6-10) Dave Winey
.... .C ...... (6-10) Mychal Thompson
.... . F........(6-1) Kevin McHale
.... F ...........(6-4) Bill Harmon

for Michigan. "We will have to play
the best game of the year if we are to
win," said Frieder. "We are going to
have some problems, but. if we can
get Thompson to miss we could be

"Minnesota has two or three pro.
players and it's going to be tough
when you have four new starters and
six new players," he continued. "But
we practiced hard today - we'll be

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Daily Photo by BRAD BENJAMIN
Former Wolverine defensive standout Steve Grote hawks Gopher big man
Mychal Thompson in action from last year's Michigan/Minnesota clash. In thos
days last year's Big Ten scoring champ spelled his first name like any othe
Michael around, but, any way you spell it, he means trouble for the Wolverines
The two teams tangle in a key Big Ten match-up today at 2:05 at Crisler.

West trounces East in Hula Bowl

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HONQL, LV-Ricky Odom of
Southe interepted, three pased,
one that set up a touchdown, and the
West all stars turned four East tur-
novers into scores for a 42-22 victory in
the annual Hula Bowl yesterday.
Michigan was represented on the
East squad by All-Americans Mark-
Donahue at guard, Walt Downing at
center, and John Anderson at
linebacker. Odom, who was named
the game's outstanding defensive
player, intercepted a second-quarter,
pass from Leamon Hall of Army to
Notre Dame's Ken MacAfee in his own
end zone and returned it to the eight.
The West then marched 92 yards in nine
plays for its first score. I
The West also capitalized on one
other interception and two fumbles for

its victory in this error-plagued game
which also saw the East score all three
of its touchdowns on West miscues. -
The East dominated the first quarter,
holding the West behind the 50-yard
The East all-stars converted a West
fumble into the first score, less than
three minutes into the game. Pete
Woods of Missouri hit Jim Cefalo of
Penn State for 27 yards and a touch-
down on the second play.
Hall then took over for Woods and led
a scoring drive sparked by passes of 23,
16 and 2 yards to MacAfee.
But the West came back strong in the
second period.
After the West converted on Odom's
pass interception, Ohio State's Ray
Griffin fumbled the kickoff and Gary
Bethel of Southern Cal recovered a 17-
yard pass from Rodney Allison of Texas

Tech to John Jefferson of Arizona State
sparked.the four-play scoring drive.
Griffin fumbled again when the West
punted on the next series. Taking over
on the East 13, the West squad went into
the end zone on the second play.
The West scored again on a 70-yard
drive less than two minutes into the
second half. A 40-yard pass from Don
Bass of Houston was the key to the
scoring drive.
The East took over but Clay Mat-
thews of Southern Cal intercepted a
Woods pass. Dave Turner of San Diego
State ran for 38 yards and several plays
later scored on a 5-yard run. Turner
was voted the game's outstanding of-
fensive player.
The East blocked a punt in the final
period and Ross Browner of Notre
Dame recovered it in the end zone to
finish the scoring.

Senior Bowl
MOBILE-Frank Corrall of UCLA
kicked a tie-breaking 46-yard field goal,
longest in Senior bowl history, between
short touchdown runs by Terry Miller
and Todd Christensenas the North
scored all its points in the final quarter
and defeated the South 17-14 yesterday
in the 29th edition of the post-season all-
star game.
A 4-yard run by Miller, an All-
American from Oklahoma State, and
Corral's conversion capped a scoring
drive that tied the score early in the
final period.
Corral connected on his record field
goal with 5:47 left in the game and
Christensen smashed across from 1
yard out for a decisive 17-7 lead with
1:27 to play.
The last touchdown came on fourth
down after All-American linebacker
Mike Woods from the University of Cin-
cinnati galloped 84 yards with a fumble
to the South's 9-yard line.

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Connors, Borg clash in net finals

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By The,Associated Press
NEW YORK - Jimmy Connors defeated Brian Gott-
fried 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 Saturday in the semifinals of the $400,000
Grand Prix Masters tennis tournament.
Connors will meet Sweden's Bjorn Borg in today's final
for the $100,000 first prize, the richest purse in tennis.
Earlier, Borg, who had suffered from the flu on Friday,
beat top-seeded Guillermo Vilas of Argentina, who had a
sore ankle, 6-3, 6-3.
CONNORS, WHO CAME here as the eighth seed in the
eight-man field, broke Gottfried's service in the fifth game
of the first set after a long deuce battle. Then, in the eighth
game, with the score 4-3 and Gottfried up three break poin-
ts, Connors regained his concentration, battled to deuce and
held service.
In the second set, Gottfried broke Connors in the second
game on a backhand passing shot but he too battled on even
terms for the rest of the set with Gottfried clinching it when
a Connors' backhand went too long.

In the final set, Connors broke service in the fourth game
to go up 3-1 on a backhand passing shot. He held service in
the next game when Gottfried's forehand went wide. Each
player held service for the next three games.
Borg put a damper on Vilas' claim to the No. 1 spot in
men's tennis, outsteadying the 25-year-old left-hander who
attacked the net continually.
VILAS DID NOT appear to be in much pain during the
match although both ankles were bandaged. But he said his
concern about the pain affected the match and made him
attack more to avoid long, running rallies.
"It's not easy when something's hurting and you know
you might break it," Vilas said.
Borg, whom some had suspected of defaulting Friday so
that he could rest for his meeting with Vilas, said he really
had felt unable to play.
"That's not true. Maybe it's what the newspapers think.
I feel a little bit weak today," he said.


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